June 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Led by junior second baseman Ryan Pineda, senior outfielder C.J. Belanger, senior relief pitcher Jimmy Jolicoeur, and junior first baseman Dominic D'Anna received All-Big West Conference recognition for their successes on the diamond for the Cal State Northridge Matador baseball program this season.
Finishing with the highest offensive numbers for head coach Steve Rousey, Pineda was the lone Matador named to the First Team. For graduating seniors Belanger and Jolicoeur, the award provides a fitting end to their respective careers as the duo were named to the Second Team, with teammate D'Anna earning Honorable Mention.
This is the second time that Pineda has received such end-of-the-season accolades as the native of Las Vegas, Nev. was named to the Honorable Mention list in 2008, the same season he was named Big West Freshman of the Year.
For Belanger, D'Anna, and Jolicoeur the 2010 season represents the first time that each has been praised for their efforts, abilities, and success by the conference.
The first Northridge baseball player named to the First Team since Alberto Quintana earned similar recognition following the conclusion of the 2005 season, Pineda led the Big West with 16 home runs, finished second in the conference with 66 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases, tied for fifth in the conference having scored on 57 occasions, finishing eighth amongst his peers with his .589 slugging percentage.
Having started in all 56 games, the only Matador to do so, he finished with a .316 batting average in addition to his 57 runs, 16 home runs, 66 runs batted in, 136 total bases, and 24 stolen bases - all team-high marks. Pineda's 73 hits were the second highest total on the team, narrowly missing out on a conference top-ten finish.
Ending the 2010 season ranked second in the conference and first on the team with seven triples, Belanger's 76 hits were the most accumulated by any Matador.
Capping off a spectacular career at Northridge, Belanger finished second on the team with his 16 doubles, drove in the third-highest number of runs with 43, scored 41 times, hit four home runs, and stole six bases.
Prior to this season, his best season at the plate took place during his freshman season (2007) when the outfielder finished with a .261 average. Finishing the 2009 campaign batting .233, the Stanton, Calif. native played in every game, starting on all but one occasion, and finished with a team-high .357 batting average.
By hitting seven triples throughout the season, he finishes tied for third place with Adam Kennedy (2005) for the most triples hit in one season, and has now etched his name in the record books with his 17 career triples, the second-highest amount ever hit by a Matador.
The only Matador pitcher to receive laurels from the conference office, Jolicoeur finished his senior campaign with a 3.70 ERA, the eighth-lowest in the Big West, held opposing batters to a .238 batting average, the fifth lowest amongst all conference pitchers, and finished tied for sixth place in the conference with four saves.
Leading the team with his 3.70 ERA, 29 appearances, .238 opposing batting average, and four saves, Jolicoeur also struckout 39 batters in his 56.0 innings on the mound.
Entering his senior season with a combined three saves, the Covina, Calif. native more than doubled his career save total this season, finishing his time at CSUN with seven saves. Jolicoeur has now earned a spot alongside three other pitchers for tenth place in the single-season record books with his four-save effort, and now occupies fifth-place all-time with his seven total saves.
Possessing the longest Northridge hit streak of the season at 18 games, D'Anna also competed in all 56 games this season at first base, earning a spot in the starting line-up in every game but one.
Ending the 2010 season with a team-high 17 doubles, D'Anna finished the season with the second-highest total of home runs hit with eight, runs batted in with 47, and trailed only Belanger with his .338 batting average.
Amongst all Matador starters, D'Anna also compiled an impressive .990 fielding percentage as the native of West Hills, Calif. was involved in 509 plays this year, the fourth-highest amount of any position player in the conference.
D'Anna's discipline at the plate paid dividends this season as the first baseman not only lead the team with five sacrifice flies, but finished with the second-most multiple hit games (22), multiple RBI games (14), doubling his career home run total in the process.